or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › General › General Discussion › Aid Workers Rescued
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Aid Workers Rescued

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/11/14/gen.war.against.terror/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/11/14/gen.war.against.terror/index.html</a>
post #2 of 9
A bit of advice: "If you go to an ultra-strict Muslim nation, DON'T try to covert the population!"
post #3 of 9
I can't wait to hear that story.
post #4 of 9
Okay here's the story from the Wash' Post. Looks like a pack of good hearted Afghans risked their lives to do the right thing.


<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34986-2001Nov15.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34986-2001Nov15.html</a>

[quote]Georg Taubmann, who headed the Kabul office of the German-based Shelter International Now, provided dramatic details of an escape he called "horrifying." While many details of the past two days remain murky, this is the story as he told it.

On Monday night, as the Taliban began fleeing Kabul, soldiers forced the eight detainees from their Kabul jail cells, loaded them in cars and joined the convoy of tanks, pickups and other vehicles streaming southward toward Kandahar.

When the convoy reached the neighboring province of Wardak, soldiers led the eight out of the car and locked them in a large steel container. "It was terribly cold," Taubmann said. "They wanted to lock the container and leave us in there until the morning. We had no blankets. We were freezing the whole night through."

The next morning they pushed on and were deposited in a prison in the southeastern city of Ghazni. Taubmann described it as the worst of the five prisons in which the group had been housed during the past 3&frac12; months.

Shortly after arriving the walls rattled as U.S. aircraft dropped bombs nearby. The detainees then heard heaving gunfire and loud shouting outside the prison.

Some time later they heard the doors of the prison cells clanging open. When their cell door burst open, a soldier stood in the doorway gripping a gun. The detainees believed he was a Taliban soldier who might kill them. Instead the soldier stared at them wide-eyed, apparently stunned to find foreigners in the prison. He then shouted, "Azad! Azad!" Free! Free!

"We walked into the city and the people came out of the houses and they hugged us and they greeted us," said Taubmann. "They were all clapping. They didn't know there were foreigners in the prison."

"It was like a big celebration for all those people," he said.

A local commander who was among town citizens who rose up against the Taliban then found shelter for the eight at the local offices of an aid organization. With the International Committee of the Red Cross acting as an intermediary, messages were dispatched to the U.S., German and Australian embassies in Islamabad. Because of the difficulty in relaying messages and answers, it took nearly 24 hours to organize the rescue efforts by U.S. special forces based in Pakistan, according to the aid workers and diplomats.

Meanwhile, in Ghazni, some local villagers expressed opposition to freeing the aid workers, believing they could be ransomed to their governments for large sums of money, rescuers apparently told the aid workers.

On Wednesday night, with the city under a curfew and with some villagers agitating to hold on to the detainees, the eight were led to a field where U.S. special forces helicopters were supposed to pick them up.

The aid workers said, however, that the helicopters could not locate them.

With the helicopters thumping in the distance, angry villagers who allegedly wanted to hold the workers for ransom running toward them, and fearful that hostile Taliban troops were still in the area, the increasingly desperate aid workers began building a signal fire, first burning the women's headscarves, then sweaters and jackets.

"We burned everything we had" clothes, everything" to make a big fire," said Taubmann.

Special forces teams led the eight into helicopters and flew them to Pakistan, according to diplomats here.

U.S. Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin accompanied the two American women's parents to the airport in Islamabad to greet them.

"It was a very emotional and joyous reunion this morning at the airport," said Chamberlin.

The two American women spent the day at the ambassador's residence with Mercer's parents and Curry's mother.

"They've been hugging their parents," said Chamberlin. "They've been taking a hot bath. They've been eating their favorite meals. They've been to a beauty parlor and had their hair done and they've been sharing a totally wonderful joyous day."<hr></blockquote>
post #5 of 9
I had a feeling the Taliban did not let them go by choice. I am happy to know that things worked out so well considering.
NoahJ
"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err." - Mahatma Gandhi
Reply
NoahJ
"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err." - Mahatma Gandhi
Reply
post #6 of 9
Doc:

I guess we shouldn't go over there to try to feed and educate them, either.

What's it to you?
proud resident of a failed state
Reply
proud resident of a failed state
Reply
post #7 of 9
[quote]Originally posted by groverat:
<strong>Doc:

I guess we shouldn't go over there to try to feed and educate them, either.

What's it to you?</strong><hr></blockquote>

If you'd read what he said there's enough qualifiers there to understand the intent. Which was if you go to an ultra-strict Muslim nation, DON'T try to covert the population!
post #8 of 9
But there's no evidence they were there on a mission to convert everyone. No need to tongue-lash these people just yet.
proud resident of a failed state
Reply
proud resident of a failed state
Reply
post #9 of 9
It's more tongue in cheek than tongue-lashing.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Discussion
AppleInsider › Forums › General › General Discussion › Aid Workers Rescued